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Howard Roger Hrbek

February 6, 1936March 19, 2020

HOWARD ROGER HRBEK, 84. of Greer, South Carolina, unexpectedly but peacefully went to be with our Lord March 19, 2020. He is survived by his wife Norma Ford Hrbek of the home, a son Bradly Alan Hrbek (Shelley Clayton), daughters Cathy Lee Hrbek and Susanne Louise Hrbek Stewart (Hunter Allen), all of Birmingham, Alabama, and Melissa Hrbek Hyatt (Ronald Leroy) of Moore, South Carolina. Howard was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Janet Hrbek Griffin (Eugene) of Birmingham, Alabama and a brother Rev. George Hrbek (Stephanie) of Cleveland, Ohio. Welcoming him to Heaven were his father and mother George and Bertha Hrbek and a sister Althea Hrbek.

Howard and Norma have been active members of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors for 40 years. He served as greeter, usher and was one of the original Gospel Truth singers. He has worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Greer Food Kitchen.

Howard graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

He retired from Mitsubishi Polyester Film Company after 42 years of service in Sales and Marketing management. Howard was a lead usher at the Greenville Theater. He liked theater, biking, hiking, golfing and relaxing with his wife at their condo in Garden City. He loved his family, friends and most of all JESUS.

Here's how two of Howard's beloved pastors described him to me. One said "Howard was a dear friend, a good man, a fine gentleman and a committed Christian." The other said "As for Howard, a noble life, a noble death, how safe, secure, well and happy can a person be. You're blessed with cherished memories of a life well lived."

A memorial service will be held at Brushy Creek Baptist Church at a later date. If you wish, you can make a contribution to Brushy Creek Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Dr.; online tributes at mackeymortuary.com


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Howard Roger Hrbek

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Dennis Dillard

March 27, 2020

I have many fond memories of Howard; especially our time singing & traveling together with Gospel Truth.

Kathy Morrison

March 27, 2020

Howard was so amazing with the kids. He volunteered right away to help our Ukulele kids get started when we decided to include instruments with Children's choir. He advocated for the kids to play in worship service or out in the community. Those memories are sweet and squeeze my heart. Sending love to you during this time. Howard will be missed by so many!

Joe & Karol Cotterill

March 26, 2020

Karol and I were saddened to hear of Howard’s sudden passing.One minute we were organising our trip to the U.S. and now we are saying goodbye.To Norma and the whole family, we extend our condolences and know that you are in our thoughts.Howard was one of the nice guys and everyone loved him. Sleep well my friend, until we meet again.

Karol & Joe Cotterill

Karen Woodward

March 25, 2020

Norma and the family, I worked with Howard at Mitsubishi for years. He was a great co-worker. He was always smiling and friendly. He was the same all the time. My brother Raymond was in plays with him at The Greenville Little Theater. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and the family.

Karen Woodward

Damon Riddle

March 23, 2020

Howard always had kind words and friendly smile as he greeted and ushered at Brushy Creek.
Howard exemplified a southern gentleman .
We will miss him but know that he is rejoicing in heaven !
Damon and Alice Riddle

Don Brown

March 22, 2020

I am thankful to call Howard my friend. We began working together in 1965 became friends immediately. He was a fine Gentleman we never quarreled or exchanged crosswords. We worked together for more than 40 years we exchanged lots of laughter and good times together. He always greeted me with a smile. I thank God for our friendship and I pray God will provide strength and comfort to the family during the following times. God bless you .....Don Brown

Sandy Paulk

March 22, 2020

Howard was one of the most wonderful men I have ever met. He was so genuinely interested in everyone he came in contact with. A gentle soul and wonderful friend, husband to Norma, father and grandfather. Howard was a true friend to everyone, and a wonderful example of God's Love. I love you Norma, Missy, and the rest of the family, and I thank God for sharing him with us all.

Emily Fredrichsen Zimmerman

March 22, 2020

I added my picture here. The other picture was my brother Charles and his wife and 3 daughters.

John Heberger

March 22, 2020

Dear Family:

I worked with Howard at Mitsubishi Polyester Film for many years and I have always remembered him with respect as a steady, hard working and productive fellow worker with an energetic creative spirit.
Howard was a genuinely good person who made this world a better place.
Please know that you are all in my prayers.

John Heberger

George Hrbek

March 22, 2020

It was my brother Howard who taught me to play the ukulele. We both took clarinet lessons. When he started I gave him my clarinet since I had a new one. At my 60th birthday he presented me with my original clarinet. I cherish that our journey as brothers was accentuated and nurtured through the years by the sharing of simple, meaningful gifts. Can't pick up my uke or clarinet without sensing Howard's presence.